The construction of an urban boulevard in the right of way of Highway 440 is a must, according to Jim Beis, mayor of the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.
The borough's council adopted a resolution last night asking the Ministry of Transport and the city of Montreal to prioritize the long-awaited project.
"The creation of a road in the right-of-way of Highway 440 is a major project for our administration. It is also a central project for our West Island neighbors," said the mayor in a statement.
The construction of a north-south transportation link is seen as a crucial step in the development of 6,000 homes – all waiting to be built in Pierrefonds West. Officials believe the area can become a city in itself with shops, parks and a 180-hectare eco-territory.
"We will persevere in our approach while continuing to implement traffic calming measures and our campaigns to sensitize citizens regarding public transit," Beis added.
The urban boulevard is also seen as a necessary step in resolving traffic fluidity issues in the West Island.
More to come.